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13 Best Weekend Getaways from Daytona Beach, Florida (within a 4-hour flight)


13 Best Weekend Getaways from Daytona Beach, Florida (within a 4-hour flight)
13 Best Weekend Getaways from Daytona Beach, Florida (within a 4-hour flight)

Daytona Beach, Florida, renowned as the "World's Most Famous Beach," is a vibrant coastal city nestled along the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its long stretches of sandy shores, Daytona Beach attracts visitors from around the globe seeking sun, surf, and relaxation. Beyond its beaches, the city is a mecca for motorsports enthusiasts, home to the iconic Daytona International Speedway and host to the Daytona 500 and other major racing events. Visitors can explore the rich history of racing at the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club. The city's vibrant boardwalk and pier offer an array of entertainment options, including amusement rides, arcades, and beachfront dining. With its warm climate, lively atmosphere, and endless recreational opportunities, Daytona Beach offers a quintessential Florida experience for visitors and residents alike.


If you're a local and looking to escape for a weekend, keep reading. With a vast array of short domestic destinations, there are also some international destinations within reach. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the Daytona Beach, Florida, area within a non-stop 4-hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers); it just depends on what you want to do at your destination.







Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 4 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Mountains, beer, National Parks, hiking, clean city, nice people.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round. Ski in the winter. Hike in the summer.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $190+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


New York, New York (JFK, LGA, EWR, ISP, HPN) - 2 Hour 40 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • It might not be the same city it was before, but it'll always make for a great weekend getaway.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer for the best weather, but you’ll pay peak rates for solid hotels.

  • Winter for Christmas festivities!

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $60+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?






Atlanta, Georgia (ATL) - 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Brew pubs, art, nightlife, Mexican food.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $250+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Walk some of the BeltLine and stop at stores, bars, and restaurants.





Washington, DC (IAD, DCA, BWI) - 2 Hour 15 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Museums, walking tours, great mass-transit and cherry blossoms. Fly to DCA for convenience.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round (spring season for cherry blossoms)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $35+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • For avid runners, pack your running shoes and go for daily runs around the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.




Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL) - 2 Hour 30 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • History, sports, cheesesteaks

What to do?

When to go?

  • Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $80+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?







New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY) - 1 Hour 50 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Jazz music, other music, culture, architecture, partying, passionate football fans.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer, Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $30+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Check out Bourbon Street for a little bit, but don't get sucked in. It's absolutely disgusting. Chartres Street is better for those looking to maintain their cleanliness.





Miami, Florida (MIA, FLL) - 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Beaches, outdoors activities, clubs, restaurants, culture. I just ask that you please please please venture out beyond Miami Beach.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Any time of the year, but best is October - February for perfect weather. Avoid the spring break crowd in late Feb/early March the best you can.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $30+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the following neighborhoods to step away from the "typical Miami": Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Midtown, Edgewater.






Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Music (not just country), endless bars, brewpubs, hot chicken.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Spring, Summer and Fall

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $30+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Stay in the Gulch or near printer's alley.


Austin, Texas (AUS) - 2 Hour 50 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Food, Art, Music, BBQ, Tech, Bach Parties, and All-Around Fun!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Cancun & Tulum, Mexico (CUN) - 2 Hour 10 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • Your money goes a long way in Cancun: all-inclusive hotels, nightlife, and activities.

  • Your money doesn’t go very far in Tulum: boutique hotels (some are grossly overpriced), many hotels have no air conditioning, taxis and bike rentals will try to rip you off.

  • If you’re looking for clubs and nightlife, go to Tulum Beach.

  • If you’re looking for culture and less expensive eats, go to Tulum Centro.

  • Tulum is actually a great experience if you have the right mindset going into your vacation.

What to do?

When to go?

  • December to April for the best weather.

  • Avoid March Spring Break travel if you want to be at peace.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?







Key West, Florida (EYW) - 1 Hour 25 Minute Flight


Why go?

  • A ridiculously good party scene, strange people, boat tours, scuba diving, museums, culture. Other top attractions.

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $80+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Beach-enthusiasts beware. This is NOT a destination with good beaches.


Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) – 1 Hour 30 Minute Flight

Why go?

  • Diverse Cultural Attractions, Thriving Food Scene, Outdoor Activities, Sports Hub, Historical Significance, Shopping, Festivals and Events.

What to do?

When to go?

  • The best times to visit Charlotte are March–May and September–November.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?


Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) - 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • BBQ! BBQ! BBQ!

What to do?

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $70+

Where can you stay?

Who will pick you up?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the Power & Light District for a unique nightlife experience & go to Arthur Bryant's for BBQ.





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Hey! I'm Jordan, a native New Yorker who is addicted to adventure travel, photography, content creation, investing, and fitness. Read on, enjoy, and Never Run Out of First Times!

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